Joy McCann Culverhouse Center for Swallowing Disorders

Vic Velanovich, MD

Professor of Surgery
Director of General Surgery
Chairman of The Vivian Clark Reeves/ Joy McCann Culverhouse
Endowed Chairman Digestive Disorders and Pancreatic Cancer

University of South Florida College of Medicine
1 Tampa General Circle, F145
P.O. Box 1289
Tampa, FL 33601

Office: (813) 844-4005
Fax: (813) 844-1920

Abbreviated Biography

Dr. Velanovich completed his undergraduate education at the University of Chicago, graduating with honors in the biological sciences. He completed medical school at Wayne State University, graduating with a “Distinction in Biomedical Research.”Having had a military scholarship for medical school, he completed his general surgery residency in the Army, receiving the Joseph H. Baugh Resident’s Award from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences.N>He was staff surgeon at Fort Knox, Kentucky and completed his military obligation in 1996. He became staff surgeon at Henry Ford Hospital, where he was Division Head of General Surgery and Professor of Surgery (Clinician Educator) at Wayne State University. In 2011, he moved to Tampa to become Director of General Surgery, Professor of Surgery, the Vivian Clark Reeves/Joy McCann Culverhouse Endowed Chair for Digestive Disorders and Pancreatic Cancer, and faculty at the Joy McCann Culverhouse Center for Swallowing Disorders at the University of South Florida. His clinical practice is primarily surgery of the foregut and pancreas. His research interests focuses on diseases of the esophagus, stomach, pancreas, and minimally invasive surgery, with emphasis on quality of life and outcomes. He has published over 190 articles in peer-reviewed journals and 12 book chapters. He has served as peer-reviewer for numerous journals, and presently serves on the editorial boards of the World Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery, World Journal of Gastrointestinal Pathology, and the Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery.